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The final series of 'Game of Thrones' won't air until 2019, US TV network HBO has confirmed. It has also confirmed that the eighth series will only comprise six episodes, which is shorter than most series.

Sophie Turner (who plays Sansa Stark in the show) previously revealed the airing date in an interview. But this is the first official confirmation from HBO.

The show's series usually consist of 10 episodes, though series seven was shorter, with only seven episodes. However, the finale lasted an epic 81 minutes. All episodes were generally longer than those in previous series, too, so fans weren't too shortchanged.

Rumours are that the final series will consist of longer episodes again. In fact, the finale is rumoured to be the longest yet, clocking in at the length of a feature film.

In the same announcement, HBO also confirmed that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will return, as will director David Nutter. However, Nutter will only direct half of the episodes – the other three will be helmed by Miguel Sapochnik.

Fans need not worry about a lack of 'Thrones' in their life once the series ends, as it will succeeded by four spinoffs set in the same universe. Like the world of Harry Potter, there's no end in sight for Westeros.

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